Revlon 'Smoky Canvas' Nail Varnish

Revlon ‘Smoky Canvas’ Nail Varnish

I got this nail varnish free ages ago and had never worn it but I really liked it on. It looks more grey in these photos but it’s a definite greige. I don’t tend to go for colours like this, but I will definitely make an exception for this one in future.

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Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

I bought this polish absolutely ages ago but haven’t had a chance to swatch it. And I wish I hadn’t waited so long!

This is a famous dupe for Clarins 230 and it is beautiful. It’s a super sheer indigo jelly polish with really fine multichrome glitter that catches the light. In different light it shimmers pink, gold, green, orange…GORGEOUS. This polish is so vibrant and bright, it’s even more beautiful than the swatches show. It actually reminds me of the glittery glaze that Krispy Kreme put on their doughnuts!

The only downside to this polish is the size: 4.5ml! Which is teeny tiny. And to get up to full coverage this took 4 coats. FOUR. So now ¼ of the polish is gone after one manicure…less than ideal. I think it’s designed to be a layering polish, but most people won’t know that unless they’ve read a review first which I think it a bit crap. If it’s designed for layering then it should be marketed as a top coat. I will definitely only be using it for layering from now on even though I LOVE the way this polish looks by itself.

(Feb ’16 EDIT: It looks like Max Factor has reissued ‘this’ polish. I say that with inverted commas as from the reviews I’ve heard it’s a very different shade. You can get it HERE)

Lex

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Nfu Oh 61 Nail Varnish

Nfu Oh 61 Nail Varnish

I have rambled before about how much I love Nfu-oh nail varnishes. They do beautiful flakies and holo polishes that amaze me every time I look at my nails. So I couldn’t wait to get my paws on #61, their silver based holo polish. I have seen so many swatches of it…and I couldn’t be more disappointed.

I have since read some reviews that say that the newest batch of polishes have been altered when it comes to the formula. They must have because the polish I received was nothing like the swatches I’ve seen.

It looks plain silver in most lights, these pictures actually make it look more holographic than it does in person. Whenever I looked at it, it just made me sad. Although I did feel slightly like Lady Deathstrike from X-Men, so that was fun.

TL;DR – I don’t like this nail varnish. Nfu-oh, why have you forsaken me?! /drama

EDIT: The weird line across the nail on the tip of my little finger? Where this nail varnish chipped after 24 hours. With Seche Vite on. This nail varnish was a huge disappointment all round! Booo!

You can buy this polish HERE.

Lex

Nfu-Oh 61 Nail Varnish

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Seventeen Pastel Gradient Nail Art Seventeen Pastel Gradient Nail Art

Seventeen Pastel Gradient Nail Art

These were done using Seventeen Lasting Fix polishes in ‘Woo Me’ (lilac) and ‘Fairy Cake’ (baby pink). I love doing gradients, they are so fun. You can treat yourself to some Seventeen nail polishes HERE.

Plus, I am LOVING my new shape. My nails are making me so happy at the moment (I am sad, I know. Don’t mock me).

I did a tutorial for a gradient nail art manicure, which you can find HERE.

Lex

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OPI ‘Thanks A Windmillion’

OPI ‘Thanks A Windmillion’

This is the second of the polishes I got from the O.P.I Holland collection. It is a pretty dusky sage green creme polish and is a perfect shade for Spring as it fits the pastel trend very well but has a bit of edge to it.

Unlike ‘A Roll in the Hague’ (you can read my review of that polish HERE), this polish went on perfectly and dried super quickly. I think ‘A Roll In The Hague’ may have been a dodgy bottle as usually you really can’t beat OPI for great application, I could have spent a fortune on this range!

You can buy this polish HERE if you love it as much as I do.

Lex

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Revlon Whimsical nail varnish Revlon Whimsical nail varnish Revlon Whimsical nail varnish

Yes! You heard me! Revlon Whimsical nail varnish now sits proudly on my display rack. And it…is…so…PRETTY!! Along with everyone else, I adored Deborah Lippman’s Glitter In The Air (or GITA as people affectionately nicknamed it) so I was thrilled when Revlon brought out this amazing dupe. I don’t own GITA, but you can see swatched all over the internet so you can compare if you like.

However, as with all good dupes, it soon became as hard to locate as the original! I searched all over the UK (that is not an exaggeration!) but no luck. So I resorted to eBay. I’m so glad I did as it is stunning.

It’s a sheer baby blue polish with: large baby pink and baby blue hexagonal glitter, smaller silver hexagonal glitter and teeny tiny baby glue circular glitter. I layered this over 17’s ‘Chaperone’ which is a light grey and it looks amazing. I only needed one coat of Whimsical for this coverage, but did have to use the brush to arrange some of the larger glitter as it had a tendency to drag.

I love the way the glitter layers though: smaller hexagonals on top of the larger one, the tiny glitter glowing through the sheer blue polish. ARGH SO PRETTY!

And as if it couldn’t get any better, after a day or two of wear, I added a matte top coat (GOSH’s one) and it looked even more amazing. A bit more sophisticated than the glitter (don’t get me wrong, I love glitter but it can sometimes look a bit ‘young’) and the glitter still shines but in a different way. Love it.

If you can get your hands on this polish you will not regret it. I adore it. This nail varnish is now discontinued *sobs* but you can see Revlon’s current glitter range HERE.

Lex

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